Many tourists seem to zoom straight up the main road to the national park Gros Morne, without stopping for much along the way. But, acting on vague memories of a spectacular, but off-the-beaten-path photographic location from my trip to Newfoundland 20 years before, we began a 2-day-long detour from our generally northerly course. After escaping from the apparently ubiquitous frustration and screaming children of Wal-Mart, we turned west out of Corner Brook and followed the south side of a long estuary called the Humber Arm, that winds for about 30 miles to the sea. Outside of Gros Morne, this is in fact, one of the more spectacular settings in western Newfoundland, with low but very steep and rugged mountains right along the water. There are a number of beautiful hikes in the area, that often end up with a stunning view of the end of the estuary, where it becomes a wide bay known as the Bay of Islands.
|Bottle Cove (note the picnic table at the left center and the sea cave at the base of the cliff right of center!)|
As with the entire trip, we were short on time, and could only do one trail here. Our big adventure was to hike along a trail leading north out of Bottle Cove, following the cliffs and hills for several miles nearly to the mouth of the Bay of Islands.
|View of the Bay of St. Lawrence from Bottle Cove trail|
|Looking south from the Bottle Cove hike to the next cove (where there are other trails)|